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"...Let the weak one throw out his chest and say, "I'm tough, I'm a fighter" (Joel 3:9-11, The Message)

 

Bluckle up. Before the journey begins - the law requires that we buckle up. Most of the time the journey is smooth. Other times, there are sudden stops and accidents that make one grateful that you were all buckled up. In some cases, few are trapped from buckling up - but yet - it is safer to buckle up than not to do so.

We don't buckle up because we are in danger. We don't buckle up because it is hot or cold, but because we know there can be unforseen dangers that we may or may not be prepared for. In Psalm 91:4, God is a buckler. We don't stay indoors and never take on another journey because we were hurt, bruised and fell, we buckle up, brace ourselves and go out again.

 

Thought for the day: Buckle up!

 

Prayer: God, in You I am secure. Thank You, oh Lord. In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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"Now go and tell his disciples, and especially Peter, that he will go ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you." (Mark 16:7, Contemporary English Version)

 

There's messing up and there's MESSING UP. Well, think of the latter. Think of messing up to the extent that you cannot go back to church, workplace, society or country. Sometimes the daunting task is going back and facing your spouse, friend, colleague or family member.

It is of comfort to note that Peter - the desciple who was close to Jesus - was singled out and called in the above-mentioned verse. He denied knowing Jesus when things were tough. Peter was most likely feeling like a sell-out. He could have felt unworthy to be called His disciple. But - even Peter - is incorporated by the mercy of God. Today He calls you by name - "come and meet with Me, come and see Me". Respond. Go!

 

Thought for the day: Still, God is calling out my name in love to set me free.

 

Prayer: God, you know my name and are calling me to see You. Thank You Jesus! In Your Name, Amen.

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"I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living." (Psalm 27:13, New American Standard Bible)

 

 It was like all of a sudden I opened my eyes and the house was like the external hurricane that I was battling with. I had detereorated at an alarming rate, the place was a mess and I was a bigger mess inside. Had things changed overnight? Was it always like this or was my lens  blurred?

One day I awoke and saw. Rather than opening my eyes; I saw. I saw that I was at the verge of total consumption and utter distress. One day, in this mess, I looked to Jesus to rescue me from the chaos. Gazing on His beauty resuscitated me. I would have fainted. I would have fallen flat. I should have died. I should have collapsed. I did not because of Who He was.

 

Thought for the day: People fainting, longing and seeking relief.

 

Prayer: He Is.

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"Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made!" (Psalm 139, The Message)

 

Crimson red, glittering orange and gold was the colour of her hair. She was beautiful, young, brittle and adorned with delicate frickles. In her, I saw a girl, a teenager, a scholar and a young mother in the making. She was pregnant. Being in this home of young pregnant mothers - I saw girls, children and young women - transforming in every way. As they learned how to cope with their changing bodies, being secluded and dealing with what happened - the lives within them grew. As theshhock, fear, excitement, thrill and nerves of birth drew near, as abortion and adoption were contemplated, as rape cases were openned and closed; something within grew.

It is comforting to know that God's vision penetrates to the parts we cannot see. He shapes us while we are out of sight. It does not matter how we were conceived! He is there creating the marvelous. He knows us intimately and cares. He gives us a name and draws us near. God made us.



Thought for the day: Expecting mothers


Prayer: Maker of all life, make me whole. Make me see that you are working in me and will complete your good work. You made me and I am yours. You are mine always and forever. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

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"He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus." (Matthew 14:29)

 

Excitement knew my name. While splashing, learning how to swim and having fun in the pool, I swam in the wrong direction. Before I knew it, I was out of breath and so deep within, I could hardly create wripples. I found myself drowning in the middle of a crowded pool. Exhausted, out of breath and on the verge of unconsciousness, I began walking in the water. I eventually reached someone, reached up and breathed in vital air. The rest as they say is history.

As I recall that, I cannot, but remember that Jesus walked on the water. I am reminded of Peter, a human being like me walking on the water. Rather than wait for Jesus to reach him, Peter stepped out of the boat in faith into the divine. We may remember Peter for sinking, but what we fail to see is that Peter walked on the water! His request to do the impossible was heard by the Lord who invited Peter to walk on the water amidst a storm. Peter was held by Jesus in the raging waters. While others heard the rumble and raging waters, Peter gazed into Jesus face to face. There was an encounter. There was a miracle. Peter met Him in the storm. He did the impossible in the storm. He called out to God and was immediately held in the storm... May your storm draw you nearer to the impossible.

 

Thought for the day: Those engaged in a battle.

 

Prayer: Jesus, I am sinking. Please help me to walk on the water knowing that You are here. Summon me into Your arms I pray. In the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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